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Wow, this is fascinating, I had not heard of this before and will definitely see if I can find this book – the elephant is one of my favorite animals, they are so huge yet tread so lightly, love the pics too. I will share this info too on my blog’s Facebook page, thanks!

Judy Guffey

I’ve seen the same ‘presence’ in a close encouter with a whale as well. Both beautiful, intelligent beings. Great photos.


Wow, thank you for sharing this! I loved the video of the elephants in the mud. And the photos are really, really stunning! They feel very intimate with the elephant.

Joe and Kathy Propersi

Love the Elis…thanks for the post.

The music on the video was wonderful! Can you tell me what it is and where I might find it?

Hi Joe, the music is not commercially available as it is from a stock music library. If you want to know more about the library you can visit http://www.audionetwork.com – Rich


Adam, the photographs are absolutely magnificent. The video demonstrates so clearly how a *bit of mud* so easily becomes a wallow and then a veld pan (when it rains) thanks to the action of large bodied animals like rhino, buffalo and ellies. Mind you the smaller animals, like warthogs, have a *hand* in it too!
I love the texture of the elephant skin which you have shown in the pictures. Great detail and such clarity! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Once again, thank you for bringing me back to Londolozi if only on my computer screen & my dreams. You have the BEST job in the world.


Animal Spirit Guides are a large part of the culture of North American Indians. “Animal-Speak”, written by Ted Andrews, is an amazing reference book that teaches us what our relationship with the animals on this earth is. It includes animals from Africa too ie) lions, rhinos, elephants, leopards, just to name a few. Birds, insects and reptiles are also included. In his book, the elephant stands for ‘ancient power, strength, and royalty’.


For all those with an interest in elephants click on the link below and be amazed – an old story but
truly touching – Jenny and Shirley will melt your heart


Elephants frequently appear in my dreams, but they are always threatening. I never understood this until someone told me recently that, because they never actually catch up to me in the dream, it means that I have the ways and means to deal with whatever is worrying me in life. So it`s as if they`re just making their presence felt.
During frequent visits to game reserves, I have rarely been in a dangerous situation with elephants; I give them due respect and space, but sometimes it is because other drivers DON’T do this that the animals take it out on others including myself. During those incidences I`ve found if I talk to them (particularly the matriarch of a herd) they calm down and go on their way.
DEFINITELY one of my Spirit Animals, and I can`t wait to find your book and read it!

Penny Parker

Do you think our feeling of their spiritual presence may have something to do with us subconsciously picking up on their stomach rumblings and the messages they are communicating with each other without our notice? African Elephants are an icon of the African Bushveld, and the video is great!

I have heard many theories that elephant react to the rhythmic beatings of our heart and respond accordingly. The more nervous we are around them and the more our heart beats at an irregular and fast paced interval, the more nervous they tend to get, whilst the calmer we are, the more they relax. Although I am not able to prove this by any means, I can personally attest to this behavior time and again.

Penny Parker

Thanks Rich. Their connection with each other (and humans) is quite remarkable. And yes a wonderful experience to see an Elephant calm in your presence.

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